January 2018 - June 2019
  • Day135

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    June 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    In Brisbane. Pics of critters unique to Oz. First is a koala. Second is a platypus. That is the best I could get. The critters didn't stay still long enough to get a clear picture. The flying foxes--a large species of bat. The a cassowary, a critically endangered species that is equally critical for the survival for many rain forest plants. Then a dingo and one of Australia's large lizards.Read more

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  • Day135

    Brisbane

    June 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    My last stop in Oz. It's back to Vermont from here. Like many places in Australia, Brisbane started as a penal colony. The last pic is one of the buildings built by convicts. It was the store house and the place where new arrivals were processed into the prison. The rest are pics of the city, some of its buildings and the bridge built by the same guy as the Harbor Bridge in Sydney.Read more

  • Day135

    Up the coast to Cape Tribulation

    June 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The first two pics are from Mossman Gorge park that is sun by the native community. Then 2 shots at Cape Tribulation. the 3rd is the cape itself from the beach. The some structures within the tidal zone. A view south towards Cairns and a saltwater croc during the crocodile cruise.

  • Day134

    Cairns Botanical Garden

    June 13, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    This is the only botanical garden I've visited dedicated to the tropical rain forest. Part of the garden brings together plants from rain forests around the world. The other portion is a boardwalk through the local native rain forest with interpretation.

  • Day134

    SkyRail

    June 13, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    This is the gondola between Karunda and Cairns (or a town near Cairns). This is a tremendous ride that is built in 3 sections. The two intermediate stops allow walks in the rain forest, a guided tour at one of them, and an interpretive center at another. This post shows some of the views from the gondola over the rain forest. The river is the Barron River upstream of the falls.Read more

  • Day133

    Kuranda

    June 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Kuranda is a small touristy town in the mountains above Cairns. I didn't take any pictures of the town as you can most likely visualize it. It is that stereotypical. Most of the stores close up when the last train or gondola (see another post) leaves. However, the town sits in an upland rain forest. Those are the pictures here.Read more

  • Day133

    Karunda scenic railway

    June 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Engineering marvel of the late 9th century. Many tunnels and trestles to weave the track up the face of the mountain and cliffs along the gorge of the Barron River. First is a trestle oeone f the many sharp bends showing a few of vintage rail cars. The second is a waterfall at the edge of the tracks. The a couple views from the train. The 5th is a stone left a a monument to the engineer who designed and managed construction. It is also sacred to the native people. The last looks gown the falls of the Barron River into the gorge. this gives a good idea of the difficulty and danger in building this.Read more

  • Day131

    Cairns

    June 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Cairns is the town most associated with the great barrier reef. I was there when an Ironman competition was scheduled. The only pic I have of Cairns skyline is from the boat on the way out to the reef for snorkeling. Also unfortunately, the camera I rented from the crew didn't work and only gave blurry pics. Hence no record of the spectacular coral and fish and turtles I saw. The second pic is of the park at the Esplanade. In the background is one of the tents for the Iron Man event in progress. There are some competitors is view too. The last two are of the beach at the Esplanade.Read more